Do you know what the most successful people in the world all have in common? They read. Alot. Entrepreneurs, Top Executives and CEO’s read on average one book every week! Personal development will always have a profound impact on advancing your life which is why we’ve put together a list of our favorite titles to help you get what you need to transform your world. There’s a nugget of wisdom in every book, take what you need and make the choice to implement it because that’s when the magic happens!
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What can we say, Dr Wayne Dyer holds a very special space in our hearts. A leader in the field of self love, he inspired millions in his life time and will continue to inspire the world in years to come. Here are our top 2 titles in Spirituality based in the Tao Te Ching:
Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life : Living The Wisdom Of The Tao – “In this book, Dr Wayne W. Dyer has reviewed hundreds of translations of the Tao Te Ching and has written 81 distinct essays on how to apply the ancient wisdom of Lao Tzu to today’s modern world. Each chapter is designed for actually living the Tao or the Great Way today. Some of the chapter titles are “Living with Flexability”, “Living without Enemies”, and “Living by Letting Go”. Each of the 81 brief chapters focuses on living the Tao and concludes with a section called “Doing the Tao Now”.Wayne spent one entire year reading, researching, and meditating on Lao Tzu’s messages, practicing them each day and ultimately writing down these essays as he felt Lao Tzu wanted you to know them.”
Living the Wisdom of the Tao: The Complete Tao Te Ching and Affirmations – “This book offers you an opportunity to internalise and directly experience the great wisdom of the Tao Te Ching. The Tao encourages you to change your life by literally changing the way you think. By reading through the verses presented here (which have been pieced together after reviewing hundreds of translations)-along with the corresponding affirmation I’ve created for each verse-you’ll be embarking on a path that encompasses the profound ideas that Lao-tzu intended to convey. The Tao Te Ching offers you Divine guidance on virtually every area of human existence. It is a new way of thinking in a world that needs to recapture its ancient teachings. Work with the verses and affirmations regularly and you will come to know the truth behind the ancient Tao observation: When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
The Conversations With God series by Neale Donald Walsch are truly life changing!! Neal Donald Walsch was experiencing a low period in his life when he decided to write a letter to God, venting his frustrations. What he did not expect was a response. As he finished his letter, he was moved to continue writing – and out came extraordinary answers to his questions. This work presents the answers that Walsch received, helping him to change himself, his life and the way he viewed other beings.
These books will change you forever. The first is our favorite, the rest expand on Neale’s initial teachings.
Buddhism Plain and Simple : The Practice of Being Aware Right Now, Every Day – “When the Buddha was asked to sum up his teachings in a single word he said awareness experiencing the whole of reality, seeing what is, and being entirely in the present. In this way, the mind is made free. In Buddhism Plain and Simple, Zen priest and long-time teacher Steve Hagen presents this heart of Buddhist teaching, pared down to its essence and explained in simple, everyday language. If you’re looking for enlightenment rather than just scholarly knowledge, you’d better read this. Buddhism Plain and Simple is the perfect beginner’s mind introduction to the practice of being awake and in touch with the here and now.”
The Art Of Happiness – “The Art of Happiness is the book that started the genre of happiness books, and it remains the cornerstone of the field of positive psychology. Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Howard Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life’s obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a book that crosses the boundaries of traditions to help readers with difficulties common to all human beings.”
When the Chocolate Runs Out : Mindfulness and Happiness – “A portable treasury of gems from a lifetime of Wisdom. To know Lama Yeshe was to know he loved chocolate; it was his favorite metaphor to describe the nature of our attachments. This funny and trenchant little volume answers the question of how we can be happy even after the “chocolate” has run out. By cutting the cords of attachment, we discover the indestructible happiness that has always been–and always will be–available to us. Capturing the remarkable personality of Lama Yeshe, who played an integral role in introducing Tibetan Buddhism to the western world, When the Chocolate Runs Out will delight both readers who knew Lama Yeshe for decades and those who have never encountered this timelessly inspiring teacher. At once lighthearted and profound, this delightful book of wisdom is a perfect companion to How to Be Happy by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.”
How to Be Happy – “In How to Be Happy, Lama Zopa Rinpoche helps us find our good heart, the heart that rejoices in the happiness of others. How to transform problems into happiness, how to find compassion for our “enemies”, how to treat ourselves with kindness; it is on these persistent and universal challenges that Lama Zopa offers his wise and warm teachings. Including three wonderfully rich and evocative guided meditations, How to Be Happy works with the reader to show that happiness in this present moment is dependent on the wisdom of a truly open and generous heart. Anyone looking for advice on how to be happy–truly, meaningfully happy–will find Lama Zopa Rinpoche to be a trustworthy and skillful guide. He is a tireless teacher of methods that work for us when all is well, and also when life’s troubles, big and small, seem unmanageable.”
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying : A Spiritual Classic from One of the Foremost Interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism to the West – “Written by the Buddhist meditation master and popular international speaker Soygal Rinpoche, this highly acclaimed book clarifies the majestic vision of life and death that underlies the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It includes not only a lucid, inspiring and complete introduction to the practice of meditation but also advice on how to care for the dying with love and compassion, and how to bring them help of a spiritual kind. But there is much more besides in this classic work, which was written to inspire all who read it to begin the journey to enlightenment and so become ‘servants of peace.'”
Cave in the Snow : A Western Woman’s Quest for Enlightenment – “The story of Tenzin Palmo, an Englishwoman, the daughter of a fishmonger from London’s East End, who spent 12 years alone in a cave 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas and became a world-renowned spiritual leader and champion of the right of women to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Diane Perry grew up in London’s East End. At the age of 18 however, she read a book on Buddhism and realised that this might fill a long-sensed void in her life. In 1963, at the age of 20, she went to India, where she eventually entered a monastery. Being the only woman amongst hundreds of monks, she began her battle against the prejudice that has excluded women from enlightenment for thousands of years. In 1976 she secluded herself in a remote cave 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas, where she stayed for 12 years between the ages of 33 and 45. In this mountain hideaway she faced unimaginable cold, wild animals, floods, snow and rockfalls, grew her own food and slept in a traditional wooden meditation box, three feet square – she never lay down. In 1988 she emerged from the cave with a determination to build a convent in northern India to revive the Togdenma lineage, a long-forgotten female spiritual elite.”
Chakras For Beginners : A Guide to Balancing Your Chakra Energies – “You may think that difficult situations and emotions you experience are caused by other people or random events. This book will convince you that inner imbalance is not caused by situations in the outer world–instead, your imbalances create the situations that interfere with your sense of well-being and peace. Chakras for Beginners explains how to align your energy on many levels to achieve balance and health from the inside out. In everyday terms, you will learn the function of the seven body-spirit energy vortexes called chakras. Practical exercises, meditations, and powerful techniques for working with your energy flow will help you overcome imbalances that block your spiritual progress. Discover colors and crystals that activate each chakra. Explore the balanced and unbalanced expressions of each chakra’s energies: survival, sexuality, power, love, creativity, intuition, and spirituality. Practice spiritual exercises, visualizations, and meditations that bring your energies into balance.”
Chakras Beyond Beginners : Awakening to the Power Within – “Awaken to the tremendous power of your life force with Chakras Beyond Beginners. Building on concepts presented in Chakras for Beginners, David Pond takes you past basic understanding to explore the many applications of using chakras to enhance the flow of vital energy in all aspects of your life. Discover the path to your energetic core and bring each chakra into its full potential through exercises, activities, and meditations. Learn how to identify and remove the obstacles that inhibit your energy, as well as how to keep that flow open. By awakening to your upper chakras and then bringing this awareness into the lower chakras, you ll unlock your true essence and source of well-being.”
God I am : From Tragic to Magic – “This message tears the veil of make-believe and reveals our time – against all appearances – as the most exciting to be in. It inspires the soul to soar again – to release itself into freedom, the on-going adventure of Spirit where all things are made new.” Every 25,000 years our Solar System completes one orbit around Alcione, the central sun of the Pleiades, a constellation at a distance of approximately 400 light years from our Sun. In 1961 science discovered a photon belt which encircles the Pleiades at a right angle to its orbital planes. Our Sun, and Earth with it, is entering this Photon belt between now and the year 2011. The photon belt is the cosmic ‘trigger force’ to shift humanity from third level into fourth level density, from separation into Oneness. Thus, the magnitude and beauty of this event for which Earth is preparing defies any description. Earth and humanity are aligning for its birth into Christ-consciousness – the union of Star Light with matter – the marriage of Spirit with separated Selves. As the night transforms into a new day, so is the Age of Darkness giving way to the Age of Light.”
The Hero with a Thousand Faces – “Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell’s revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In these pages, Campbell outlines the Hero’s Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world’s mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.”
“I Am That is a legacy from a unique teacher who helps the reader to a clearer understanding of himself as he comes to Maharaj – the spiritual teacher – again and again. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj answers candidly the age old questions like “where am I”, “who am I” and “whither am I”. The original listeners of his time were never turned away from the humble abode of Maharaj, and you are not turned away now!”
Being Aware of Being Aware : The Essence of Meditation, Volume 1 – “Everybody is aware, all seven billion of us. We are aware of thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions. All people share the experience of being aware, but relatively few people are aware that they are aware. Most people’s lives consist of a flow of thoughts, images, ideas, feelings, sensations, sights, sounds, and so on. Very few people ask, “What is it that knows this flow of thoughts, feelings, and perceptions? With what am I aware of my experience?” The knowing of our being-or rather, awareness’s knowing of its own being in us-is our primary experience, our most fundamental and intimate experience. It is in this experience that all the peace, happiness, and love we have ever longed for reside. The happiness we have sought for so long outside of ourselves, in situations, objects, and relationships, turns out to be always present, always available, in the simple knowing of our own being as it is.”
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